Monday’s quiz

1. What is  litotes?

2. What does Puketapu mean?

3. Who said: “New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human.”?

4. What are  the capitals of Paraguay and Uruguay?

5. What does the Scoville scale measure?

7 Responses to Monday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) A figure of speech where you use negation for emphasis e.g I am not pleased!


    (3)Sounds like a Barry Humphreys quip

    (4)Asuncion and Montevideo respectively

    (5) spicyness


  2. Gravedodger says:

    1 An understatement, often humourous ie “A little bit pregnant”
    2 Puke small hill/mound Tapu sacred hence Sacred Hill wines near Hastings. Small settlement just off Hwy 50 between Hastings and Napier.
    3 my guess is Austen Mitchell one time TV personality in NZ later Labour MP in UK.
    4 Asuncion Paraguay and Montivideo Uruguay,
    5 No Idea


  3. Paul Tremewan says:

    1 Understatement where something positive is expressed to state the opposite… the one example I remember Queen Vic’s ‘We are not amused…’
    2 Holy or sacred mount or hill
    3 Barrie Humphries, or someone from Federated Farmers
    4 Asuncion, Montevideo
    5 It is used to measure the size of Scoville, a small desolate Minnesotan mining town between Duluth (where Bob Dylan came from) and Hibbing.
    Not many people know this…


  4. Mr Gronk says:

    (1) A linguistic device where meaning is conveyed through negation, often a double negative: “He was not unhappy with the situation.”

    (2) Sacred something – not sure what, though.

    (3) No idea.

    (4) What Andrei and Gravedodger said.

    (5) No idea.


  5. Raymond A Francis says:

    A bit late
    2 Puketapu is as above is a sacred head/hill and so is quite both a common place name and a family name
    The hill overlooking Palmeston was named after a crew woman on the wrecked first waka Aria Te Aru who didn’t make it back befor dawn
    3 Has to be an aussie…Barry Humphries


  6. pdm says:

    1. Pass
    2. A settlement with a very popular pub just over the hill from Taradale.
    3. It will be an Aussie – my guess Banj Patterson.
    4. Ascuncion (sp) and Montevideo
    5. How light or heavy the sco’s are. Can be adapted for scones as well.


  7. Bearhunter says:

    1. Understatement
    2. Sacred Hill
    3. Barry Humphries
    4. Ascuncion (a kip) and Montevideo (quite lovely)
    5. How hot chillis are.


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